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Friday September 21, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet Renegade Amish bishop Samuel Mullet and 15 of his followers were convicted Thursday of federal conspiracy and hate crimes for a series of beard- and hair cutting attacks on fellow Amish who rejected Mullet’s edicts.

Their convictions could result in lengthy prison terms.

Wednesday September 12, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet Defense lawyers in the hate crimes trial of Amish bishop Samuel Mullet and 15 of his followers rested their case Tuesday without calling a single witness.

Each of the 16 defendant faces five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy, but hate crime charges could spell a life sentence.

Tuesday August 21, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet Federal prosecutors will be allowed to question witnesses about Amish leader Sam Mullet’s sexual activities when the hate-crime trial of Mullet and 15 followers begins next week, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The judge forbid prosecutors from describing his group with words such cult, sect, clan, band, schism, faction, off-shoot, breakaway, renegade, rogue or splinter group. Witnesses, however, can use any terms they choose.

Saturday August 18, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet Jurors should be allowed to hear about alleged sexual “counseling” of Amish wives by a man charged with masterminding beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio, prosecutors told a federal judge Friday.

Former members of the group say Sam Mullet has been “counseling” married women in his clan, taking them into his home “so that he may cleanse them of the devil with acts of sexual intimacy.”

Tuesday August 14, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan Members of a fringe Amish group charged with committing hate crimes against fellow Amish have requested words including “cult,” “splinter” and “rogue” be banned from their upcoming trial in U.S. District Court.

They also requested that any Amish called to testify “affirm the truthfulness” of their testimony rather than swear an oath.

Tuesday July 31, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan Sixteen people charged in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio rejected government plea bargain offers of leniency Monday and will go to trial.

The U.S. Justice Department says it plans to introduce evidence at the trial of Amish sect leader Sam Mullet to prove he had total authority over his Ohio community, including disciplining its members with beatings and having sex with other men’s wives to “counsel” them.

Saturday June 2, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan A federal judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish sect leader Sam Mullet and 15 followers charged with beard- and hair-cutting assaults in Ohio Amish country last year..

The judge ruled the indictment does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Wednesday May 30, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet A Federal judge rejected Amish sect leader Sam Mullet’s attempt to have some of the government’s allegations against him stricken from a hate crimes indictment.

Mullet is awaiting trial, along with several members of his clan, for a series of beard- and hair cutting attacks against other Amish people.

Tuesday May 22, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Sam Mullet The U.S. Justice Department says it plans to introduce evidence at the trial of Amish sect leader Sam Mullet to prove he had total authority over his Ohio community, including disciplining its members with beatings and having sex with other men’s wives to “counsel” them.

Mullet and several of his family members and other followers are awaiting trial on a Federal hate crimes indictment for a series of beard- and hair cutting attacks against Amish men and women.

Wednesday May 2, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Sam Mullet Judges says Samuel Mullet had prior knowledge of the attacks and that he defended the assaults in media interviews.

They also said Mullet exerts such complete control over his community that members have refused to talk to the FBI until he gives permission.

Saturday April 28, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Samuel Mullet The leader of an Amish splinter sect accused of cutting the beards of religious enemies has received more than $2 million for oil rights to his 800-acre farm, yet continues to be represented by a taxpayer-financed public defender, according to a new court filing.

Prosecutors also that Samuel Mullet remain in jail pending his trial, citing fears that he and his followers might retreat to his farm and forcibly resist surrendering.

Wednesday April 25, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Sam Mullet Amish sect leader Sam Mullet, locked up for five months on federal hate crimes charges, keeps trying to get out of jail and made another attempt this week with a new argument.

The judge has twice ruled that Mr. Mullet will remain behind bars until he goes on trial, siding with the Justice Department that he is a danger to society.

Thursday April 19, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan Lawyers for the group claim the government’s case should be dismissed because they say the 2009 Hate Crimes Prevention Act should not apply to a dispute within a religion.

Justice Department lawyers answer the defendants “were properly indicted under the act” and that the law “represents a proper exercise of Congressional authority to enact legislation” to prosecute crimes motivated by bias.

Thursday March 29, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan U.S. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged an additional four women with being involved in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio, and added new allegations that suspects tried to hide or destroy evidence including a bag of hair from the victims.

The new allegations bring to 16 the number of people charged in the attacks on other Amish last year.

Tuesday March 13, 2012
AmishBergholz ClanRNB's Religion News Blog:
Bergholz Clan All 12 members of a break-away Amish clan charged with hate crimes in beard-cutting attacks on mainstream Amish in Ohio will close ranks and challenge the constitutionality of the federal hate crimes law, a member of the defense team said Monday.

Former members accuse clan leader Samuel Mullet of cult-like behavior.

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